• Loading stock data...
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend

Jontay Porter To Receive Federal Criminal Charges in Sports Betting Scandal

  • The former Raptor received a lifetime ban from the NBA for sports gambling.
  • He has been connected to an existing criminal prosecution of four men who made bets using knowledge from a player.
Mar 15, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter (34) points to a spot as he controls the ball against Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) during the second half at Scotiabank Arena.
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jontay Porter, the former Toronto Raptor who the NBA banned for life in April after an investigation into his sports betting habits, will face federal criminal charges, new court documents show.

Federal prosecutors linked Porter to a case of four men who have been charged with scheming with a player to make bets. So far, that player has only been referred to as “Player 1,” but the descriptions used line up with Porter’s activities. The criminal information sheet, which doesn’t have any charges for the former player or a court date, was filed Tuesday in Brooklyn.

The four men face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The complaint says they worked with Porter to place large bets on games where he agreed to take himself out early. Porter himself reportedly bet millions between 2021 and 2023. One of them was dramatically arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport trying to flee the country with two cashier’s checks worth $80,000 and $12,000 in cash, and betting slips.

The amount of high-profile scandals has increased in recent years since the practice became more widely legalized in 2018.

Several athletes just this year have been tied to betting scandals, including the interpreter of Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, Ippei Mizuhara, Padres player Tucupita Marcano, and minor leaguer David Fletcher, a friend of Ohtani. Mizuhara pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing millions from Ohtani and committing tax fraud. Former MLB player Yasiel Puig Valdés pleaded guilty to federal charges tied to sports betting in 2022.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

ACC Commissioner: FSU, Clemson Lawsuits ‘Incredibly Harmful’

Jim Phillips laid into FSU and Clemson during football media days.

WNBA All-Star Weekend Signals League’s Growth, Delivers Action

The WNBA All-Star weekend was a showcase of the league’s rise driven by rookies.
Hosts of Inside the NBA on TNT

TNT Sports’ Parent Moves to Keep NBA Rights Despite Financial Woes

Warner Bros. Discovery is attempting to make good on its bid to retain NBA rights.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

WNBA ASG, Paris Olympics Continue Rise of Women’s Basketball

0:00

Featured Today

The FTC Noncompete Ruling Could Change MMA As We Know It

Fighters could see their options—and earnings—grow.
July 21, 2024

O No Canada: The Next Big Sports Betting Scandal Could Erupt North of the Border

‘It’s open-season for match-fixing up there.’
July 20, 2024

The Road to the Return of ‘EA Sports College Football’

This summer, the biggest development in college sports is virtual.
Apr 15, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Caitlin Clark poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected with the number one overall pick to the Indiana Fever during the 2024 WNBA Draft at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
July 16, 2024

Women’s Sports Merch Is a $4 Billion Market, but Supply Isn’t Meeting Demand

Retailers can’t make women’s sports apparel fast enough.

Jaguars Sue Ex-Employee for $66.6 Million After Thefts

This could help the Jags avoid suing FanDuel and DraftKings directly.
July 10, 2024

Banned Jontay Porter Pleads Guilty in Gambling Case

Porter said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the gambling scheme.
Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
July 14, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Penalties often aren’t stringent or consistent enough to deter banned behavior.
Sponsored

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
June 23, 2024

ESPN Bet’s Operator Is Reportedly Being Eyed in a Potential Takeover

Boyd Gaming has reportedly approached ESPN Bet partner Penn Entertainment about an acquisition.
June 23, 2024

Sports Betting Money Won’t Bail Out Cash-Hungry College Athletic Departments

Schools are desperate for money, but they won’t be partnering with gambling operators.
Jan 7, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter (11) takes a three-point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Chase Center.
June 9, 2024

‘Bound to Happen’: The Age of the Sports Betting Scandal Has Arrived

A banishment, betting scheme, and guilty plea all in one scandal-filled span.
Mar 11, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Toronto Raptors center Jontay Porter (34) reacts after a play in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena.
June 5, 2024

Conspirator Arrested in Federal Complaint Tied to Jontay Porter Scheme

Authorities arrested Long Phi Pham at JFK airport Monday.